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and a major increase in government spending came under governor bush and with barack obama. this is not a partisan thing. the federal reserve went out of control. both parties share blame for that. host: u.s. job applications fall. host: that is just not on the associated press wire. in reaction to that -- any reaction to that? guest: we will get a real feel until after the christmas season. it is a sick market right now even out with at some good news recently. we are not creating the number of jobs we need to do. the labor participation rate is at the lowest level since the early 1980's. a lot of people have given up and taken early retirement or applied for disability. the labor market has been shrinking. the number of jobs we have today are still several million lower than they were before the financial crisis. we are like an autumn built on the open highway. we should be going 70 miles per hour in good weather. we're going about 20 miles per hour and going about 15 miles per hour. that is not an encouraging report. 350,000 jobs a month in a good report. we've not been
cliff. president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january first. andrew spencer has the latest. analysts say many shoppers haven't been in the holiday spirit when it comes to spending money. the four-day black friday weekend that started on thanksgiving was strong. sales rose 2-point-7 percent. but analysts says sales fell 4-point-3 percent for the week ending december 15th. and last week they forecasted holiday spending to decrease another 2-point- 5 percent. previous expectations were for a 3-point-3 percent increase in spending. the saint anthony foundation needs help to reach its goal of collecting 5-hundred hams during the 25th annual curbside donation drive. according to the foundation, they collected a hundred hams. that's just 20-percent of their goal. the foundation hoped to get another 400 hams sunday and today. if you would like to donate a ham you can do so at the drive. located in front of saint anthony's in san francisco's tenderloin area. from
. it has continued right along. that level of increased spending has continued with president obama every year since 09. stuart: hold on a second. can we please roll the sound bite of president obama and a trillion dollars worth of cuts. go. >> if you look at my track record over the last two years, i cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011. i campaigned on the promise of being willing to reduce the deficit in a serious way in a balanced approach of spending cuts and tax increases on the wealthy while keeping middle class taxes low. stuart: i think that was from met the press. -- meet the press. david: yes, it was. stuart: the president specifically said i have cut the deficit by 1 trillion dollars. david: he said i cut spending by 1 trillion dollars. stuart: by 1 trillion dollars. is that true? david: not at all. i'm looking in my hand. these are the figures from the department of treasury. spending 09, 3 trillion 500 billion. 2010, 3 trillion 500 billion. 2011, 3 trillion 600 billion. 2012, 3 trillion 538 billion. he has not cut a trillion dollars. where are those cuts? we just
like a pro. >> well, we've already talked a lot the about it this morning. president obama can't raise enough money through his tax plans to cover all the spending. that means he could resume other ways for the revenue to come in. will a carbon tax be among them? joining us now from the american action forum, sam, we know the president wants this thing. he tried desperately, even with democrats holding both houses of congress, however, he couldn't get it. will he try to pursue it in his first year of the second term? >> well, there's certainly a lot of revenue out there. a lot of projections are, if carbon is at $20 per ton of carbon, it could generate roughly a trillion dollars over the next ten years, of course, that figure of $20 would increase, but i think it's pretty tough for republicans to swallow another trillion dollars in revenue from a carbon tax, so i don't think it's very likely to get 60 votes in the senate or for speaker boehner from ohio which is a big coal producing area, which would be hit the hardest by a carbon tax, i don't think it's likely he would bring that up f
in 15 minutes. washington d.c. is where we are going to head next. president obama welcomes congressional leaders at the top of the hour. will come up with something to avoid automatic spending cuts? that go into effect in a couple days? rich edson is in washington d.c. with the latest. rich: it is a last-ditch attempt between top democrat and republican in the house and senate and the obama administration. aids describing a potential path forward, smaller compromise involving an extension of tax rates for income less than $500,000, extended unemployment benefits, measures to assure tens of millions of americans avoid the alternative minimum tax, other items, congress would figure the rest out next year under such a scenario but that is not an official proposal, a deal that aides say could have house and senate if democrat and republican leaders agreed to it. currently there is no agreement, just lawmakers assigning blame. >> millions of americans are out there struggling and certainly they deserve congress that will avoid going over the fiscal cliff. which is why the presid
the record. those $700 billion, and all went to obama care. it was saved as part of a big spending program. here in washington people say cut while things grow. it is like having a freeze that is water and when it freezes, it expands. we have grown 100% in 12 years. the government is bigger and unless we do something now the government will continue to get bigger and the deficit will get bigger, even if we raise taxes on everyone there is still a huge deficit. if we do not take on spending, the fiscal cliff will be a downward slide to make us like greece, no longer a viable economic power. >> that was from the program " state of the union, close with this morning. a number of members of the house are point to try to make their way back for votes this evening at 6:30. the house taking up some 13 bills. here is how david hocking's of "congressional quarterly" termed this house session -- " >> nothing on the fiscal cliff, however. we will keep you posted on that. the senate gaveling out shortly for that caucus meeting in particular. taking a look at your twitter messages,-tag is fiscal cliff.
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